Historic Markers Across Alabama

Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut

Marker ID:  
Location: 1 Tranquilty Base, Huntsville, AL
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 42.716    W 086° 39.233
  34.71193333    -86.65388333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut

Able, an American-born rhesus monkey, and Baker a South American squirrel monkey, where launched on May 28, 1959, aboard an Army Jupiter missile. Launched in the nose cone, the two animals were carried to a 300-mile altitude, and both were recovered unharmed. However, Able died June 1 on the operating table from effects of anesthesia, as doctors were about to remove an electrode from under, her skin. Baker died of kidney failure in 1984 at age 27 after living a pampered life in retirement at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

End of Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut